Community service award honors Daley legacy

LIMA — The late Shirley Daley’s legacy continues as community members are selected for exemplifying the life she lived.

“In 1998, the city of Lima and LACNIP created the Shirley Daley Community Leadership awards to honor the contribution of my mother Shirley,” said Doug Daley. “For decades she had been involved in community efforts aimed at improving the lives and experiences of the residents of the greater Lima area. She was a two-term city councilwoman. She worked with many groups and led grass root efforts that inspired many others to get involved and make a difference.”

On Wednesday morning, Denise James was honored for her work throughout the city. One of Daley’s daughters, Jacqueline Daley-Perrin, shared why James was selected.

“She is currently the president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association and a board member of LACNIP,” said Perrin. “Denise volunteers her time with these organizations to help improve the quality of life in her neighborhood and the community at large.”

Perrin added some of Denise’s recent involvement included coordinating the youth neighborhood cleanup activities, organizing a fishing training event for children and spearheading a care package program for food and other items for the youth of disadvantaged families.

James was presented with a monetary donation of $1,500 for the organization of her choice, which was her neighborhood association.

“I want to thank the Daley family,” said James. “I appreciate this and I will continue doing what I do in the community. I love what I do.”

Reach Precious Grundy at 567-242-0351.